May 23, 2022

New Research Tools: “State Firearm Law Navigator” From RAND

From RAND:

Research on the effects of gun laws requires good data on when and where different types of laws have been implemented.

To support this type of research, RAND maintains a longitudinal database of state firearm laws, available free to the public. This database was first released in 2018. It is revised regularly and was substantially expanded in 2019.

Although the full database includes 17 classes of gun laws and many subcategories of these classes, this visualization illustrates just four: background check, child-access prevention, concealed-carry, and stand-your-ground laws. More laws will be added over time.

Direct to State Firearm Law Navigator

See Also: Download the Complete RAND Firearm Database

About Gary Price

Gary Price ( is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.